Swipe Netflix movies as if they were people on Tinder - built with Angular/Ionic/Auth0 for frontend & Rails on the backend
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Swipe movies in Netflix like people on Tinder

Interface screenshots


Check out the demo video. It's a 20mb mp4 file and is slightly out of date from the current interface, so you may not want to check it out if you're on mobile.

Or you can try it out at http://flix.brentvatne.ca - it's not the prettiest on a large screen, resize it to be smaller and you'll be happier. If you're using an iPhone, login and then save the app to your home screen to get rid of the address bar.

The initial load will be pretty slow as there's a bunch of JavaScript to be downloaded, and it's just served through a minimal Ruby web server on Heroku. Also be warned, Auth0 doesn't seem to work great if you choose to log in through Facebook and then handle that login with the Facebook app (any ideas on how to fix this?). So if you log in through Facebook, choose Chrome to handle the login - or just sign up for an account by email and you won't have any issues. It's a bit slower when you open the web version on your phone vs running it native through a web view, and it's been pointed out to me that it does not work so well on Firefox.

Or you can just download it from the Google Play store.

Intended Target Platform

The intended target device is my testing device: Nexus 5 on Android Lollipop, but it works fine on most new phones I believe.

Are you an iOS developer?

I don't have an iOS developer account so I can't push this to the Apple Store, I would be great if someone could take charge of doing this and ensuring it meets the Apple guidelines. Any volunteers? brentvatne@gmail.com


The project is quite easy to set up thanks to Ionic's CLI.

  • Make sure you have Node and Ionic Framework installed
  • Clone the repo and run npm install in the frontend directory
  • Run ionic platform add android if you wish to test this on an Android device (this is the target platform)
  • Add the inappbrowser plugin: cordova plugin add org.apache.cordova.inappbrowser
  • To run a local webserver: ionic serve or to run it on your device ionic run android

There's a lot of low hanging fruit to improve on the front end, so feel free to pick something and submit a pull request or open an issue if you need a hand.

  • Empty state: no movies found
  • Loading indicators (first app load, fetching movies, fetching liked movies)
  • Empty state: no liked movies (in list view)
  • Offline mode (access saved list, but not new ones - download and cache images for saved movies?)
  • Better list of liked movies with options to remove
  • Unit and integration tests
  • Detect region on first load rather than just defaulting to Canada

Related projects

If you like this, you might also like Snaps - another quick Ionic project I built for creating a live photo feed through Firebase.

I also use a minimal wrapper around Facebook's dispatcher.js to use it in Angular and do away with some boilerplate, it's called angular-flux-helpers on bower, or check out the repo on Github at brentvatne/angular-flux.

I made heavy use of ionic-ion-tinder-cards for this app.

Self-promotional plug

I work for Madriska Inc.. We do Rails, Clojure, JavaScript, hybrid mobile apps and more. We work with clients big and small in many different industries, and we prefer building long-lasting relationships where we can get to know each other and the business. Shoot me an email if you have an interesting project or business problem that you'd like some expert help on.


Copyright (c) 2014-2015 Brent Vatne. See the LICENSE file for license rights and limitations (MIT).